What's on my mind. . .
September 15, 2015 | 3 comments
The end of the season is near. I’m nervous, excited, and everything in between. There’s a lot going on in my mind. One of those thoughts is: What would it mean if I won the Player of the Year for 2015?
The race for the PBA Player of the year is half way done. My amazing start to the season, winning the USBC Masters and the TOC has put me in a great position to win the award for a third straight time.
Three PBA Player of the Year’s? In a row? What a dream that would be. There are only three men in the history of professional bowling that have ever won that award three years in a row. 1. Earl Anthony 2. Mark Roth and 3. Walter Ray Williams Jr. To put my name on that list? I can’t put that into words.
Even when I’m at the top, I push myself. I don’t take for granted my ability, my experience, or my mental game. Like everyone, I have good days and bad days. The key is to learn from the bad days to help have many more GOOD days in the future.
I am well aware how sports careers can go. A serious injury or accident could happen and all the talent I have could be gone tomorrow without a moments notice.
I just want it all to be worth it. I spend over 6 months away from my family and friends. You see, people think I have it easy. I’m out there making a name for myself and living my dream. But, I miss my home. I miss my family, my friends, and everyday life. I want the time I spend away to be worth it. So far, so good.
Many see what I’m making on tour and may think I am rich. But, the risk I have to take to make a good living is scary. I spend about $75,000 on expenses during the course of the year. I have a family to support so not only do I have to make that $75k back to break even, but I need to make enough so that we can continue to live comfortably. That’s a lot of pressure.
As I finish up my 6th year on tour, I realize what my goal is in bowling. I want to leave behind a legacy. A bowling legacy. I don’t want to just be known as “the successful two-handed bowler.” I want to be known as one of the best bowlers that ever lived. Two-handed. One-handed.
I have a desire to solidify my name in the history books forever. Winning back-to-back-to-back Player of the Year awards would certainly do that. And maybe more.
With US Open and World Championships left, along with the PBA Fall Swing and World Series of Bowling this season I hope you will cheer me on, to show your support where you can and help me become the PBA Player of the Year. It’s so nice to know I have such amazing fan support. It doesn’t go unnoticed. For every hater I have, I have 1000 fans. You know what they say, “You haven’t made it till you have haters hating on you.” I don’t really know who said that but I’m sure someone did.
I’m going to be writing more on my website. What do you want to know?